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Featherstone, Northumberland

Historical Description

Featherstone, a township in Haltwhistle Parish, Northumberland, on the South Tyne river, and on the Alston and Haltwhistle railway, near the boundary with Cumberland, 3 miles S by W of Haltwhistle. It includes the hamlets of Kellah, Eedpath, and Rowfoot. It has a station on the railway, and its post town is Haltwhistle, under Carlisle. Acreage, 2949 of land and 44 of water; population, 316. The Earl of Carlisle is lord of the manor. There is a colliery in this township. Featherstone Castle here was for many ages the seat of the Featherstones of Featherstonehaugh; passed to the Earls of Carlisle, and is now the seat of the Wallace family. The edifice is picturesque; consists, partly of an ancient square tower with two turrets, but includes ai modern castellated mansion, with a gallery 60 feet long. The church is a Gothic structure attached to the castle, and there was added to it in 1829 a mausoleum for Lady Jane Hope. Divine service is conducted in the school-room on Sundays. There is also a Primitive Methodist chapel and a school, at which a reading-room with small library was established in 1889. There is a Wesleyan chapel at Kellah.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyNorthumberland 
Civil parishHaltwhistle 
Poor Law unionHaltwhistle 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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